Ancient China for Kids
When you think of ancient China, you might think of tea.
Legend says ... Around 2737 BCE, a Chinese Emperor was sitting his garden. He had a pot of drinking water at his elbow. A leaf fell off a nearby bush and drifted into the pot of water. And tea-drinking was born!
Word of this new beverage spread very slowly. Tea did not really become popular in China until T'ang times.
Tea drinking in ancient China never had all the customs attached to it that became part of the Japanese tea drinking ceremony, but tea was enjoyed.
- The selection of the right teapot used to brew the tea was just as important as the selection of the type of tea itself.
- Little packets of tea were given as gifts by Chinese Emperors.
- The word t'e comes from the ancient Chinese.
The History of Tea (cartoon video for kids)
Chopsticks - Ancient Superstitions & Etiquette
Explore Ancient China
(Very Early China)
Ancient Chinese Gods & Goddesses
Ancient China Occupations, Professions
The invention and importance of tea
Superstitions in Ancient China
Taoism - An Ancient Philosophy
Comparison of Beliefs - Taoism, Confucianism, Legalism
The 3 Teachings - Confucius, Taoism, Buddhism
Myth: Why Chinese dragons have five toes
Myth: Nian, the Horrible Monster
Ancient Story: Wang the Peddler
Ancient Story: The True Story of Mulan
Ancient Story: The Warrior Well
Legend: The Story of Shadow Puppets
Medicine, Acupuncture, Yin Yang
Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age (for kids)
Achievements & Ancient Inventions
Take the Quiz, interactive with answers
Interactive Games about Ancient China for Kids
Ancient China Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities, Projects
What is the difference between a proverb and a fable? (1-2 class periods)
The Three Doctrines & Legalism
Debates on Censorship (2-3 class periods)
The Silk Road Game (1-2 class periods)
Several Lesson Ideas for Ancient China
Free Use PowerPoints about Ancient China for Kids and Teachers
Museum of the Ancients - Investigate Real Life Artifacts